While we are waiting for the results, I thought I'd introduce the very first For God and For Cheese Sweepstakes!!! I don't know what the prize will be, but there will be, at the very least, some recognition on the blog for the winner.
Here's the deal. Given Jeff's latest bout with mouth soreness and inflammation due to the chemo cocktail, we are pretty certain he will go through the same exact thing after the upcoming rounds of R-EPOCH. [Note: the next round of chemo will begin this Thursday, 8/8. There may still be slots to visit him in the hospital, so check out the Lotsa site if you are interested.] Thus far, as I've mentioned, I have cooked a few things that Jeff can tolerate when his mouth is hurting so much: chocolate tofu pudding, black bean soup, ginger chicken jook, and even cheesy oatmeal. I say "even" cheesy oatmeal, because I ridiculed him to no end for cooking that for himself one time in grad school only to find out now that recipes are developed for this kind of thing.
So we are looking for recipe contributions for what I hope will turn into a more varied and tempting "Mucositis Menu." You don't have to be the next Martha, Julia Child, or Jamie Oliver to enter the contest. Nor need you even develop your own recipes: the submissions can merely be suggestions from other cooks. Keep the following points in mind:
- The texture of the dishes should be essentially pureed and very easy to swallow.
- Acidic and spicy foods can inflame existing inflammation, so foods that are delectable, yet on the somewhat bland side of the taste spectrum would be preferable.
- We are not trying to lose weight here. No need to submit anything low in fat, caloric and rich is a-ok .
- Jeff's immune system is likely to be low at the same time his mouth is hurting, so recipes should call for cooked produce, not raw vegetables or fruit. Note: it is not necessary to include vegetables or fruit in the dishes you submit, but if you do, they should be cooked.
Generally, think of things that would potentially appeal to this nugget when she moves on to dine on things other than rice cereal.
I will cook the recipes that appeal to Jeff and announce a winner at some unspecified time in the future. [Erika - I will note your submission of what looks like a very tasty asparagus soup as the first entry. Thanks!!]